Letter: Honoring Newtown Victims

To the Editor:

On Thursday, Dec. 12, over 40 people braved the elements and participated in a candlelight vigil, with the Dartmouth College Baker tower bells tolling, to honor the victims of the Newtown school shootings and all of the victims of gun violence. In support of the Newtown Action Alliance’s wishes for “acts of kindness,” a donation box was available to collect presents for David’s House. The League of Women Voters of the Upper Valley thanks everyone who participated and who helped in this endeavor. However, we are shocked and saddened to learn of yet more communities affected by this type of violence. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of Centennial, Colo., the family and friends of Gunnar Schumacher in Essex,Vt., and with every one of the families that lose loved ones in our country everyday to gun violence. We can and must do better than this. We need to work together to make our nation the safe nation that we all want and deserve.

Virginia Dresser

League of Women Voters of the Upper Valley



Frigid Vigils on Newtown Anniversary

Saturday, December 14, 2013

A tall Christmas tree tied with cheery red bows on the Quechee bandstand stood in sharp contrast to the purpose of the people gathered there Saturday morning. Their faces only partly visible from under thick scarves, hats and hoods, they greeted each other by name and then fell silent in the frigid air, ready to remember those killed at Sandy …